Do you ever wonder if your efforts for doing good in the world aren't making enough of an impact? If, so I've got a short story for you to help you remember the power of even very small acts of kindness and service.
Do you ever wonder if your efforts for doing good in the world aren't making enough of an impact?
If, so I've got a short story for you to help you remember the power of even very small acts of kindness and service.
The story, adapted from a short story by Lauren Isley goes like this.
A woman was once walking on a beach a day after a big storm had passed. That day the beach was littered with starfish which had been washed up in the storm.
As the woman walked along, she spotted a little boy down on the sand, near the waterline. Repeatedly crouching down. Picking something up. And throwing it into the waves. As she approached closer, she noticed that it was the starfish he was picking up and throwing to the ocean.
The woman asked the boy what he was doing.
He replied, that if the starfish were left on the beach, the sun would dry them out and they wouldn't survive.
He was saving the starfish by throwing them back into the ocean.
The woman laughed a little and told the boy, but there are thousands of starfish on this beach and miles and miles of beach to go. You can't make a difference.
The boy picked up another starfish, threw it back in the sea, and then looked at the woman smiling, he said, I made a difference to that one.
And then he continued on... over and over again... throwing starfish into the waves. One by one.
It's a perfect reminder that we can make a big difference with even the smallest of gestures. That individual acts can touch others in meaningful, important ways.
In the words of Desmond Tutu. Do your little bit of good. Where you are. It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelmed the world.
Move well, stay healthy and be happy!
Talk to you tomorrow